Bugatti is back with a new world premiere for the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. If last year it unveiled the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Jean Pierre Wimille, this year Bugatti will unveil the last model from the “Les Legendes de Bugatti” edition. The last edition celebrates the most important man, Ettore Bugatti, the founder of the brand.
The new Bugatti Legend “Ettore Bugatti” is based on the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse and the design is inspired by the 1932 Type 41 Roytale carrying the chassis number 41111 and a ‘ying-yang’ color split.
As you may notice from the photo, the front end of the vehicle is made of hand-polished aluminum and finished with a clear coating. Same material is found for the first time on the exterior handles, corners of the bumpers, wings, doors and the regions behind them called “medallions”.
At the rear, we see the dark-blue exposed carbon. Same material is found on the sill panels and A-pillar trims. The wheels design is inspired by the most famous design, the eight-spoke wheel that was created by Ettore Bugatti for the Type 35.
As a result, the Bugatti Legend “Ettore Bugatti” comes with polished, diamond-cut wheel rims featuring a dark-blue finish. In addition, Ettore Bugatti’s signature is engraved on the tank and oil cap and painted in silver, while the Bugatti horseshoe and the EB logo at the rear shine out in platinum.
Two types of leather were used for the interior. Natural Brown (Brun Cavalier) is used throughout the vehicle interior while the parts that are usually touched by hand such as the steering wheel rim, gear level, door handles, centre console armrest and door handle recesses, the switches in the door trims and in the roof module are all wrapped in an exclusive, natural cordovan leather.
For those who don’t know, the cordovan leather needs six months for the tanning process and it is usually used for high-quality shoes. The dark-blue exposed carbon is found also at the interior, in the door trims and cover of the rear centre box.
Moreover, the interior features a platinum-coated dancing elephant that was originally sculpted by Ettore Bugatti’s brother, Rembrand (who also received a special edition). The vehicle is powered by the 8.0-liter W16 engine that generates an impressive 1,200 hp and 1,500 Nm of torque at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm.
As a result, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds, while top speed is 408.84 km/h or 254 mph. Just like any other special edition, Bugatti will only build 3 units of the Legend “Ettore Bugatti”, each priced at 2.35 million euros net.
Bugatti also announced that at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance it will present all six models of the Legends Edition, for the first and only time. This means that we will see the Jean-Pierre Wimille, Black Bess, Rembrandt Bugatti, Meo Costantini and Jean Bugatti.